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Science Class celebrates its third anniversary with this issue. Thank you to all of our readers for making the past year such a success. Science Class now reaches more than 230,000 science educators every month! Your feedback on how we can better serve you—our readers—has been invaluable. As we enter our fourth year of "publication," please continue to let us know how we are doing. Use the Feedback link or e-mail us at enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org.

In this issue, the elementary edition of Science Class focuses on Plants—Tools for Inquiry. This theme is supported by a range of NSTA-approved teaching resources: news stories, SciLinks, books, and NSTA journal articles.

To view the middle level version featuring Partnerships, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_middle.htm; to view the high school version featuring Successful Community Collaborations, visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_high.htm.

If you have any comments about this issue, send them to enewsletterfeedback@nsta.org. If you have a text-only browser or are having any difficulties with our links, please access: http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/member_elementary.htm.


As winter releases its grip and evidence of spring is everywhere, use the opportunities around you to inspire even your youngest students' curiosity about how things grow. This issue is filled with fresh ideas for teaching with and caring for plants in the classroom.

Plants in the News

Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit http://www.nsta.org/mainnews for nationwide news for science educators).

Stories selected for this issue provide details on new research into the study of plants. Visit http://science.nsta.org/enewsletter/2005-04/news_stories_elementary.htm to learn more.

Plants on the Net

In this month's elementary journal, Science and Children, NSTA members can read "Planting the Spirit of Inquiry." The link to that article is http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=sc&n=50418.

SciLinks is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through keywords; the keyword for this issue is

Scientific Inquiry: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=9263562110441055

NSTA Articles on Plants

The following NSTA journal articles provide examples of how teachers use their lessons on plants as tools for inquiry.

Click here to read more:


Books, Books, Books

The NSTA Science Store and catalogs offer NSTA Press books and other outstanding titles for science educators. Selections for this issue are grade appropriate and were chosen for their relevance to this month's theme: Plants—Tools for Inquiry. Click here for this issue's recommended titles:


To read about the newest titles available from NSTA Press, select


To receive the latest NSTA Catalog for your specific grade level, visit


Professional Development

How Do the New Teachers Measure Up? (The Christian Science Monitor)

The "high-aptitude" women who once chose to teach are no longer filling America's classrooms, a study suggests.


Global Science Teaching

As exam time approaches, countries around the world report different trends. Discover how the competitive nature of exams are driving many students in India to seek memory enhancers, even though the effectiveness of such "aids" are in dispute.

Pop the Magic Pill (The Times of India)


NSTA Opportunities

SciLinks: Bringing Vetted Websites to Your Classroom

Use SciLinks, NSTA's premier internet technology product, to harness the resources of the internet.


Call for Papers

Science and Children (Grades preK–5) has issued a Call for Papers on specific topics. Click here to find out more:


NSTA is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year! To find out more about the history of NSTA, visit our online timeline at http://www.nsta.org/timeline

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